Always a strategist, Michael has achieved exceptional litigation results through attention to detail and a forward-looking approach.
Michael focuses on complex commercial and civil litigation, including construction defects, legal malpractice claims, and contract disputes. His clients include major financial institutions, real estate developers, private equity firms, insurers, and cutting-edge technology companies. Clients seek out Michael when their case involves exceptionally complicated facts or legal theories because of his unique ability to deliver efficient, sophisticated analyses and creative approaches that turn problems into solutions.
One of the rare lawyers who understands the quantitative as well as the qualitative, Michael brings extensive skills in economics, finance, mathematics, and software development. He has written more than 200,000 lines of code, reverse engineered embedded computer hardware, and published about the pitfalls of using statistics in litigation. Michael’s fluency with numbers and technology enables him to effectively assist clients whether their case involves sophisticated economic damages models—or simply appreciating the usefulness of social media evidence during discovery.
Before joining the firm, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable James A. Teilborg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and to the Honorable Ann A. Scott Timmer of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Outside of the office, Michael is currently working on a five-year desert mountaineering project.
Michael won unprecedented summary judgments in two construction defect cases by enforcing contractual waivers of the implied warranty of workmanship and habitability.
Successfully litigated a legal malpractice claim against one of the largest law firms in Detroit, obtaining a $5 million jury verdict upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Identified a novel legal theory and developed it into a winning summary judgment motion in a $60 million multiparty lender liability case, ending years of litigation and saving the client from an expensive and uncertain trial.
Stopped cold a $30 million+ legal malpractice claim against one of the country’s largest law firms by obtaining summary judgment on theories of lack of damages and causation.
When an accredited investor in a closely-held business faced claims for breach of fiduciary duty and theft of trade secrets, Michael took the litigation from defense to offense, bringing securities fraud counterclaims and applying leverage that resulted in not only zero liability, but also a judgment in the investor’s favor for rescission of his entire investment.
Michael was appointed pro bono counsel in an appeal of unemployment benefits and, advocating from a limited evidentiary record, wrote a brief that forced a confession of error, winning a reversal for his client.
News & Insights
- Press Release08.20.2020
"A New Frontier: Enforcing Waivers of the Implied Warranty of Good Workmanship and Habitability," Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, September 2019
"Fishy Statistics: In re Consolidated Salmonid Cases and the Problem of Autocorrelation," 53 Jurimetrics, 2013
Comment, "Computer-Managed Perpetual Trusts," 51 Jurimetrics, 2011
Co-author, "Can Your Disability Insurer Dictate the Terms of Your Care?," AzMedicine, 2011
Named to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" list
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court, 2015 - Present
- Arizona, 2012
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2020
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
- Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Production & Web Editor
- Law, Science & Technology Certificate
- Executive Moot Court Board
- Order of the Coif
Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008